As payroll companies struggle to predict the impact of new laws on movie and TV shoots, one insider says the act "wasn't written with this industry in mind."
- The Hollywood Reporter
Choice quotes from the article:
"ACA is thousands of pages, and it wasn't written with this industry in mind,"
(Hello. It wasn't written with any industry in mind)
"One of the unintended consequences, say some industry insiders, is that it could lead to productions running to foreign countries, given that ACA doesn't apply to U.S. citizens working abroad."
(Imagine that? The 2000+ page bill which no one read before passing has unintended consequences. Couldn't see that one coming.)
"Some also say the number of production days in the U.S. are likely to be cut due to ACA because there's a 90-day waiting period before productions must either pay a penalty or offer health insurance to full-time workers."
"In order to rein in the costs of supplying health benefits associated with ACA, Regal said in April it would cut the hours of some employees so that they aren't classified 'full-time.'"
(Hollywood now becomes like the rest of the country - working harder for less.)
"While the administrative costs might rise a bit for the payroll companies, the costs of extra health coverage or penalties fall to the production companies. Nonunion productions might be hit hardest because workers aren't already covered, but even union shoots typically employ many nonunion workers who might need health coverage under ACA."
"Also, Cox says, 'no more discrimination among employee levels, no more negotiated benefits,' so if a production pays $1,000 a month to subsidize insurance for a top production worker, it must pay that much for its lowest employees as well."
(So if one person gets a Cadillac plan, all must get same Cadillac plan -even if their job is to drive the golf cart for the DP. Wonder if the stars, directors, etal buy their own healthcare or roll it off on production companies? If so, that'll be changing quickly.)
"Our clients need to know that the days of 100 percent employer-paid benefits at a certain executive level can no longer exist,"
(If the people had known Obamacare meant that the days of 100 percent employer- paid benefits -at a certain level- was over, do you think Obamacare would have passed?)
Cue to President Obama March 25, 2010:
"There's been plenty of fear-mongering, plenty of over-heated rhetoric. If you turn on the news, you see the same folks are still shouting about how there's going to be the 'end of the world' because this bill passed. I'm not exaggerating -- leaders of the Republican Party, they called the passage of this bill, 'Armageddon!' 'End of freedom as we know it!'
"So, after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling or some cracks opening up in the earth. Turned out, it was a nice day."
"From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayers, they're going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is -- and what it isn't. They'll have to finally acknowledge, this isn't a government takeover of the health care system."
“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for
doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to
pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to
― Thomas Sowell